Long gone are the days of red, painful chemical peels. Today’s treatments are an anti-ageing must, giving you a deeper exfoliation than mere scrubbing and leaving your skin glowing.

WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS? 

By expert Tanya Smith, educator and trainer at Dermaquest

Chemical peels help the skin exfoliate at an accelerated rate through using a topical chemical solution that penetrates either up to the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) or the dermis (the layer underneath the epidermis). This type of exfoliation helps to improve the skin’s overall texture and targets concerns such as hyper pigmentation or signs of ageing.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT:

FILORGA AGE-PEEL KIT WITH PRE-PEEL WIPES AND PEELING GEL MASK 20ML R750

FILORGA AGE-PEEL KIT
WITH PRE-PEEL WIPES
AND PEELING GEL
MASK 20ML R750

WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE HAVING A PEEL? 

By expert Dr Danné Montague-King, founder of DMK Skincare

What most people don’t realise is that when the skin is under attack from any type of deep trauma, it tries to defend itself, depending on how deep the attack is,’ says Danné. To maintain the skin’s strength during and after treatment, it is crucial to prepare it by balancing its pH level before applying the acid solution. Lighter skins can safely undergo a chemical peel but if you have a dark skin tone, Tanya says you should be very selective about the treatment you undergo. ‘For darker skin types, most treatments carry a higher risk due to the sensitivity and the high risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.’ Choosing peels that use more than one acid can be more beneficial as they target different skin concerns, for example, lactic acid for hydration or salicylic acid for acne. Dark skins should avoid trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels, which are too strong and are mostly used to improve more severe conditions, such as deep wrinkles and sunspots.

RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS:

GATINEAU PEELING EXPERT PRO-RADIANCE ANTI-AGEING GOMMAGE EXFOLIATING CREAM 75ML R395

GATINEAU PEELING
EXPERT PRO-RADIANCE
ANTI-AGEING GOMMAGE
EXFOLIATING CREAM
75ML R395

DERMAQUEST POST TREATMENT BALM 30ML R390

DERMAQUEST POST
TREATMENT BALM
30ML R390

TREATMENT TO TRY

DERMAQUEST MANGOBRITE RESURFACER

WHAT IT DOES: A mild peel that uses lactic acid with mango pulp and orange stem cells to brighten and exfoliate the skin. Ideal for adult acne and to boost hydration and radiance. Expect a slight tingle on application but pain level is very low.

PRICE: From R695

WHERE: 15 on Seventh, Parktown North, Johannesburg 011 447 9974 15onseventh.com

RODIAL SUPER ACIDS X-TREME ACID RUSH PEEL 50ML R2 000

RODIAL SUPER ACIDS X-TREME ACID
RUSH PEEL 50ML R2 000

DECLÉOR PROLAGÈNE LIFT LIFT & BRIGHTEN PEELING GEL 45ML R650

DECLÉOR PROLAGÈNE LIFT LIFT &
BRIGHTEN PEELING GEL 45ML R650